The Ohio Department of Commerce released the application and instructions for Cultivators last Friday and will begin accepting applications in June 5-16 for Level II & June 19-30 for Level I. The department plans to issue up to 12 level I licenses for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space and 12 level II licenses for up to 3,000 square feet of space. The application doesn’t indicate when licenses will be awarded. But the department faces a December deadline to do so because growers have nine months to meet the requirements of the license and state law requires the program be operational by September 2018.
Applicants are asked to drop off a paper and electronic copy of their applications with the application fee in person at the department’s Columbus office. The nonrefundable application fee is $20,000 for level I applications and $2,000 for level II applications, both must be paid with a money order or certified check.
If awarded a license, Level I cultivators would have to pay a $200,000 annual fee & Level II cultivators would pay $20,000 a year.
Today the Ohio Department of Commerce also released the webinar to help guide applicants through the application process of obtaining a Level I or Level II cultivation license.